Arsenal v Sunderland preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:51

Arsenal v Sunderland preview

Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson is likely to replace right-back Bacary Sagna against Sunderland.
Sagna fractured a fibula in the derby defeat at Tottenham and is due to be out for a minimum of three months. Tomas Rosicky should be available after suffering a groin problem on international duty with the Czech Republic. Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou are also fit.
Abou Diaby is back in training and should be back for the Carling Cup tie against Bolton while Thomas Vermaelen is two weeks away from a return. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has also recovered from a slight groin injury.
Sunderland will be without striker Nicklas Bendtner for their visit to his parent club.
The Denmark international is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement with the Gunners, and that could present an opportunity to summer signings Connor Wickham, who has recovered from a groin problem, and Ji Dong-won.
Full-back Phil Bardsley completes his four-match ban and Titus Bramble is suspended pending police and club investigations, while Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) continue to work their way back to fitness.
Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Song, Frimpong, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Arteta, Gervinho, Van Persie, Walcott, Fabianski, Park, Santos, Benayoun, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamakh, Miquel, Squillaci.
Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, O’Shea, Brown, Richardson, Turner, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Larsson, Colback, Elmohamady, Meyler, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, McClean, Cook.

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